Tech Bench

Smart C1

The Smart Research C1 stereo compressor has become a staple in many studios around the world, offering that Solid State Logic 4K console center quad bus compression glue and snap in an outboard 1 unit rack format. While at present there is no lack of SSL style bus compressors on the market in both hardware and…

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Free Impulse Responses

UPDATE: I know the title does say FREE, but some of the websites that are linked below have added a modest charge for some of their impulse responses since this article was published. They will remain listed because the quality of the impulses is so astounding that it is impressive they were even offered free to…

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Neve 542 Mixer

There aren’t many people in the music scene that haven’t heard of the name Neve. It is quintessentially British. Like a thick, welcoming, rounded English accent. The company itself, born from the ideas and direction of Rupert Neve, has quite humble beginnings starting in a little Essex town east of London in 1961. From there…

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Neve 34128 Modules

Neve 34128 modules are a pretty straight forward job to rack if you are handy with some tools and a soldering iron. Doing so will allow you to use the microphone preamplifier and three band EQ as a channel strip while tracking and mixing. This modification can also be applied internally within the Neve 542…

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Avid Artist Setup

I really love the Avid Artist series. It makes working within protools an absolute joy with quick and easy access to transport controls, automation functions, effects parameters and hands on mixing with automated faders and pan knobs. To qualify that statement I will say that Eucon, the ethernet based control protocol that the Avid Artist…

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MCI Faders

The late 1970s and early 1980s are renowned for a lot of great things. The Commodore 64 personal computer. The Keytar. Midi. Unfortunately plastic isn’t one of those things, as any MCI console owner will know. As the story goes, MCI approached Penny & Giles about VCA taper faders for the JH-50 automation system. P&G expressed…

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